Hey there, food-lover! Are you ready to take a gastronomic leap into the world of eggs, like never before? Then, this nostalgic culinary roller coaster of a recipe for traditional pickled eggs is the ride for you.
So let’s chuck those cookie-cutter brunch recipes out the window and reintroduce our palates to a love affair with an old-school classic.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself biting into that perfectly preserved hard-boiled egg, topped with a zing of pickling spices that will absolutely make your taste buds dance the jig. Don’t just envision it, buddy, let’s make it happen!

Photo of Two Jars with Pickled Eggs

These humble pickled eggs were once a staple in traditional British and American pubs, tucked away as delicious nibbles to compliment your pint of beer. But who says they ought to be confined within pub doors? Not us!

With this easy-peasy classic recipe, you’re going to transition from being just an admirer to becoming the creator of your own jar of delectable pickled eggs at home! So roll up those sleeves, throw on that apron, and embark on this culinary adventure, my friend.

The pickling mixture used in this recipe isn’t just any ordinary blend of vinegar and spices. It is this grandma’s potion that creates the magic of turning simple boiled eggs into a treat! And guess what? You’re in charge of tinkering this potion to glory, tweaking the ingredients to make that rockstar jar of pickled eggs cater exactly to your taste!

Rock Your Taste Buds with this Traditional (Old Fashioned) Pickled Eggs Recipe

photo of person holding mason jar with pickled eggs

Traditional Pickled Eggs Recipe

This recipe yields a generous batch of traditional pickled eggs that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. It takes about 30 minutes of prep time and requires minimal cooking expertise. The end result is a tangy treat that will leave everyone asking for your secret recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine English
Servings 12 Eggs
Calories 70 kcal


  • Large saucepan
  • Mason jars (with lids)
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Tongs


  • 12 Hard-boiled eggs or as many as desired

For the pickling liquid:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the spice mix:

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Fresh dill sprigs optional


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt until all dissolved. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, prepare your spice mix by combining mustard seeds, black peppercorns, minced garlic, and fresh dill sprigs in a bowl.
  • Carefully place your hard-boiled eggs into sterilized mason jars. Sprinkle the spice mix evenly over the eggs.
  • Once the pickling liquid is boiling, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly. Pour the warm liquid over the eggs until they are completely submerged.
  • Seal the jars tightly with their lids and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, refrigerate the pickled eggs for at least 24 hours or up to one week. The longer they marinate, the more flavorful they become!


Nutritional Facts per Serving (1 pickled egg):
Calories: 70
Protein: 6g
Fat: 5g
Carbohydrates: 1g
This recipe falls under the category of comfort food with a touch of nostalgia. It’s ideal for casual gatherings, backyard barbecues, or even as an appetizer during game nights. These pickled eggs add flair to any occasion while satisfying cravings in a unique way.
Keyword Egg, pickle, Pickled Eggs

Our culinary sojourn promises pickled eggs with a hint of sweet tanginess, enveloped by sharp flavors of pickling spice, and a satisfying bite that screams perfection. These jewels of preserved yumminess will leave you questioning why you ever thought pickled eggs were bizarre; in fact, you’ll be looking for reasons to sneak them into all your snacks!

Recommended Pairing Drink:

Pair your pickled eggs with a refreshing beverage like an ice-cold glass of lemonade.
For an ultimate pub-like experience at home, pair your pickled eggs with a chilled glass of Pale Ale — and a side of Mixed Greens.

Useful Tips:

  • The longer these eggs bathe in the pickling solution, the better they are.
  • Experiment with different spice variations, by adding chili flakes for some heat or substituting dill seeds for fresh dill sprigs.
  • Make sure your mason jars are properly sterilized before use by washing them thoroughly in hot soapy water or running them through the dishwasher on high heat.


Can I use beet juice instead of water?

Absolutely! Beets give the eggs a nice color and add a hint of sweetness.

How long do pickled eggs last?

They can last up to 3-4 months in the fridge if stored properly.

Can I use other pickling spices?

Yes, feel free to experiment to your liking with different spices!

Can I use apple cider vinegar instead of white distilled vinegar?

Absolutely! Apple cider vinegar adds a slightly sweeter and fruitier flavor to the pickled eggs.

It’s time for you to embark on this delightful culinary adventure. Try your hand at making these traditional pickled eggs and witness the joy they bring to your taste buds. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making batch after batch because they’re just that good!

So go ahead and gather your ingredients, grab those mason jars, and let’s get pickling!

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